And the Winners Are…Our Mock Caldecott Predictions 2016

It has been an incredible week diving into the world of the Caldecott with my students.  Every day, we have taken time to discuss amazing picture books, vote for our favorites, and remember what reading is all about falling in love with incredible books.  While I will do a more detailed post on how we did the unit later, I couldn’t wait to share our predictions as we eagerly await for the awards.

To see how I did the unit, follow this link for my very basic planning document with resources that were shared to me by the incredible Mock Caldecott group I was included in on Voxer.   

I did not have a beginning list of picture books for the students to choose from, but instead pulled all of my 2015 picture books for them to browse through.  I had also searched online for buss books and then either purchased those or requested them from my library.  They therefore had about 200 books to start with and yes, they said it was hard to narrow it down.

My first hour class chose….

Honor (a tie between two books):

 

Boats for Papa – Art and Story by Jessixa Bagley

Marilyn’s Monster – story by Michelle Knudsen, Art by Matt Phelan

Honor:

Strictly No Elephants – Story by Lisa Manchev, Art by Taeeun Yoo

Medal:

My third hour class…

Honor:

Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted Birdie Friends – Story by Jill Esbaum, Art by Nate Wragg

Honor:

Waiting – Story and Art by Kevin Henkes

Medal:

The Night World – Story and Art by Mordicai Gerstein

 

My fifth hour class…

Honor:

If You Plant A Seed – Story and Art by Kadir Nelson

Honor:

To the Sea – Story and Art by Cale Atkinson – Sadly this one turns out to be ineligible.  While my students were in charge of vetting the illustrators, this one slipped through the cracks.

Medal:

The Night World – Story and Art by Mordicai Gerstein

My sixth hour class…

Honor:

Growing Up Pedro – Story and Art by Matt Tavares

Honor:

If You Plant A Seed – Story and Art by Kadir Nelson

Medal:

Water is Water – Story by Miranda Paul, Art by Jason Chin

My seventh hour class…

Honor:

Beautiful Hands – Story by Kathryn Otoshi, Art by Bret Baumgarten

Honor:

Toys Meet Snow – Story by Emily Jenkins, Art by Paul O. Zelinsky

Medal:

The Night World – Story and Art by Mordicai Gerstein

And finally, my own predictions…and since it is my blog, I get to pick more than 2 honors.

Honor:

Lenny and Lucy – Story by Philip C. Stead, Art by Erin E. Stead

Honor:

 

Waiting – Story and Art by Kevin Henkes

Honor:

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement – Story by Carole Boston Weatherford, Art by Ekua Homes

Honor:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear – Story by Lindsay Mattick, Art by Sophie Blackall

Honor:

Wolfie the Bunny – Story by Ame Dyckman, Art by Zachariah OHora

Medal:

Last Stop on Market Street – Story by Matt De La Pena, Art by Christian Robinson

2 thoughts on “And the Winners Are…Our Mock Caldecott Predictions 2016

  1. A fantastic list. Would love to hear the thoughts behind the choices. Thanks to your classes for making the effort to choose such delightful looking books. I can’t wait to read all of them. Interesting to see the range of styles chosen.

  2. Love seeing the love for certain titles here like Water is Water! Isn’t Elwood Bigfoot a charming title!? I must admit my particular Caldecott love leans a few ways – one of the ways definitely includes Lenny & Lucy!

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